Thursday, 31 October 2019
My previous post looked at the Greek island of Santorini, one of the Cyclades islands. This post takes a look at another of the Cyclades, the island of Mykonos. Like Santorini, Mykonos is a popular holiday destination.
Visitors far outnumber the resident population. Unsurprisingly, public transport on the island caters to the tourist market as well as the permanent residents.
Buses on the island are provided by KTEL Mykonos, with a network of routes radiating out from Mykonos town.
I found coaches operating most of the island's bus services when I visited, in September 2019.
Buses generally leave from one of two terminals in Mykonos town.
Most destinations are served from a bus terminal at Mykonos old port.
There is also a small, but busy, terminal at Fabrika. This serves destinations in the south west of the island. Some, but not all, of these destinations can also be reached from the old port.
Although most of the vehicles I saw were full-size coaches, the service from Fabrika to Super Pardise Beach was being operated with minibuses.
There is also a waterborne public transport service.
The Sea Bus operates a regular servce linking Myknonos old port with the new port at Tourlos, a couple of kilometres to the north.
Within the old port, the Sea Bus route starts and ends at the town hall.
Boats also call at the old port bus terminal.
There is also a KTEL bus service linking the old and new ports.
Boats also leave from the old port for the nearby island of Delos.
This route operates from May to October.
Other companies operate tours into and out of the old port.
Other ferry services, using larger vessels, leave from the new port. These provide connections to a number of other islands, as well as to Athens.
Several ferry companies operate scheduled sailings to and from Mykonos new port.
As well as the scheduled services, cruise ships also visit Mykonos, further swelling the numbers of visitors to the island.
Back on dry land, private coaches and minibuses provide services both to incoming cruise ships, and also to visitor accommodation around the island.